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Casting Watch: Who Can Tame Hathaway in Screen Version of 'Taming of the Shrew'?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 15, 2013 at 11:46AM

Anne Hathaway is set to star in a screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," with Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "The Iron Lady," "Shame") penning the script.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is set to star in a screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," with Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "The Iron Lady," "Shame") penning the script. It's good casting: who will play Petruchio, the man from Padua who smooths Kate's ruffled feathers?

Is Russell Crowe too old? It should be someone between 35 and 40, who can stand up to Hathaway, something Christian Bale barely accomplished in "The Dark Knight Rises." Bale's co-star Tom Hardy might be able to do it, as could his "Warrior" co-star Joel Edgerton or "Lawless" co-star Jason Clarke, Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch (sexy enough?), James Purefoy ("Rome") or Luke Evans ("Tamara Drew"). The sexiest of them all is "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant. But they may not be bankable enough.

The adaptation will be a modern-day retelling of the original, set in mid-20th century Italy. Working Title and former Working Title executive Debra Hayward will produce.

This isn't the first time that "Shrew" has made its way to the big screenn (see video clips below). Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred in the 1967 hit "The Taming of the Shrew," directed by Franco Zefferelli, which Columbia marketed with the lines: "A motion picture for every man who ever gave the back of his hand to his beloved... and for every woman who deserved it. Which takes in a lot of people!" and "In the war between the sexes, there always comes a time for unconditional surrender."

The movie version of the 1948 Cole Porter Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate" starred Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller. 1999's "Ten Things I Hate About You," starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is also a loose adaptation of Shakespeare.

Hathaway capped off a whirlwind 2012 with her Golden Globe win on Sunday night for the Supporting Role of Fantine in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables." That win is likely to repeat on Oscar night in February. The actress also starred as Selina Kyle/Cat Woman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" this past summer. Hathaway's 2013 pipeline holds "Rio 2."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.